More Stephanie Earls Articles

  • The wrong tool for the job

    Updated: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    When the right-now tool is wrong wrong wrong

  • New book designed to nurture Colorado's beginning gardeners

    Updated: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    Diana Maranhao grew up the daughter of gardeners in the Pacific Northwest, eating fruits and vegetables fresh from the picking. As for the picking itself, she was never a fan - not until she was grown and raising two young children in rural Southern California. Lucky for her, her...

  • Hops, elevated: Monument farmer grows local hops for local brews

    Updated: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    Last year, Rick Squires was in the Pacific Northwest buying supplies for his Monument hop yard, a decent-sized operation by Colorado standards with seven rows of bines growing on about a half acre of Squires' property. When he told a Willamette Valley farmer that his crops had yielded...

  • Pets, kids hardwired to take shelter when thunder signals that storms are coming

    Updated: Mon, Aug 4, 2014

    In an early scene in the 1982 movie "Poltergeist," the father character (played by Craig T. Nelson) comforts his son, Robbie, during a storm by having the boy count aloud the seconds between lightning and thunder. If the interval between each flash-and-boom set gets longer, dad...

  • Your pets will tense up if you do

    Updated: Mon, Aug 4, 2014

    Your response to a rumble in the sky could be feeding your child's - and your pet's - anxiety, experts say. When a child is unsure how to respond in a new or uncomfortable situation, the child will seek cues from adults. "If parents tense up and run away from the rain, as they do,...

  • Girl Gone Wild: Rafter is wrung out after an afternoon on the Arkansas River's wet roller coaster

    Updated: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    "Stop paddling!" This is the river guide command I know best, thanks to my sister, Shelby, who in her 20s spent several seasons living in a tent and guiding tourists on East Coast waterways. When I visited West Virginia in early July, she took me down the Shenandoah, a languid...

  • Colorado Springs Beer Fest hoists a cold one for a good cause

    Published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    Noon-4 p.m. Saturday, America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive., $30, $50 VIP tickets get revelers in an hour early, available online, at the Bristol Pub at Ivywild School, 1604 S. Cascade Ave., and at the gate; 1-303-777-6887, From humble beginnings in a...

  • Gazette 'Cutest Kid' photo contest supports charity, Empty Stocking Fund

    Updated: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    Kids, they're just so. Darn. Cute. We know, if you had a dollar for every adorable child picture stored in your cellphone ... you'd donate it to charity, right? The Gazette's Cutest Kid Photo Contest invites readers to share their most awwww-inducing portraits for the chance at a...

  • Cowboy church in Westcliffe bucks tradition

    Updated: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    Westcliffe - If Jesus had a man cave, this might be it. "Welcome to Cabella's," says the cowboy preacher as he sweeps you into his Wild West Cowboy Church, a church unlike any other in a town of many churches. The cowboy church isn't a tourist ploy, though pastor Larry Smith...

  • That strip of land between the street and the sidewalk can be beautiful and low maintenance

    Updated: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    They go by many names - parkways, medians, berms - but probably the term that best describes the isolated strip of garden space sandwiched between sidewalk and street? Hellstrip. "It's very hot, there's a lot of foot traffic and there's usually no irrigation," said Pat Sullivan, a...